Tuesday, February 15, 2011


Spent the weekend at Old Sturbridge Village as "Esther Howland, Mother of the American Valentine". A Worcester original, she popularized Valentines--and thus Valentine's Day--in America with her handmade cards from 1847-1881.

Here are a few 19th century valentines of my own making:

And since Esther Howland made valentines ranging from $.05 to $50, my attempt at a $.05 card (needless to say, not too many of these, which is to say, none I could find, exist in this price range):

With Love,

Friday, February 11, 2011


A few practice silhouettes. If anyone feels so inclined, please post a photo of your profile and I will make one of you as well!

Soon to come: Esther Howland styled 19th c. Valentines